MWF 10:00-10:50 am
This course is designed to develop your knowledge, ability, and confidence to teach secondary music, inclusive of general music, choral, and instrumental. Students will learn age appropriate activities that reflect both TEK’s and the National Standards of Music. This includes singing, movement, listening, composition, playing instruments, and reading musical notation.
1. To develop a philosophy of music education
2. To both orally and written develop the ability to organize teaching episodes
3. To teach micro-episodes
4. To understand a child’s music development (rhythmically, melodically, and physically)
5. To understand secondary application of Kodály, Gordon, and Suzuki
6. To develop the ability to prepare and present lessons, assess your teaching, and assess student learning
7. To sequence, differentiate, and teach music elements, concepts, notation, movement, and listening activities
8. To understand classroom management in the secondary classroom
9. To understand and develop task analysis and assessments
10. To understand administrative tasks in secondary education
Students are required to participate in all class activities. Students are to read weekly assignments, prepare written responses, and discuss assigned material. All readings are reviewed in class for clarity and understanding. Students are to conduct themselves in a professional manner so that all students may learn without distraction and disruption. This includes cell phones turned off and no texting.
5% Philosophy of Music Education Paper
30% Weekly Written Assignments/Discussion (including YSO observation)
Due every Monday
40% Teaching Opportunities with Lesson Plans (11)
Due every Friday
10% Assessment Projects (Grading Policy, Rubrics, Task Analysis, etc.)
5% Student Handbook – Most items designed throughout semester
10% Final Exam/ISL Project – Pre/post assessment, three lessons, teaching assigned part of the ISL on final exam date
The instructor reserves the right to cancel or adjust assignments as the course progresses. Students will be informed how this may effect grading.
Project Due Dates
Projects are due on designated dates. All projects are developed over a period of several lessons. Therefore, late assignments are not accepted. All projects are to be typed and submitted hard copy, not emailed.
Weekly Written Assignments
The instructor will assign a grade that represents your ability to satisfactorily complete your homework, weekly reading assignments, and classroom participation. Weekly written assignments from the textbooks may be submitted in outline form when appropriate. Clarity and understanding of material will be assessed both written and discussion. Written responses are to be typed.
Lesson Plans and Teaching
Students will write a weekly lesson plan to teach every Friday for an assigned topic. Lesson plans are due the day of teaching and are to be typed. If a lesson plan is not turned in, the student will not teach and a grade of “0” will be earned.
Students must observe one Youth Symphony Orchestra rehearsal and answer provided questions. YSO meets Sunday 2-4 in the Instrumental Music Hall. Rehearsals begin September 8. No observation on October 27.
Each student is to maintain an organized three ring binder. Included will be chapter notes, lesson plans for instrumental and choral, handouts, observation forms, written assignments, class notes, and activities from class.
Unit Lesson Plan (Final Exam)
Students will pick a music concept, a secondary grade to teach the concept, and design a pre and post assessment. Three lesson plans to will be written to teach the concept as well as other activities that would also be taught in a lesson. Students will teach an assigned component of the lesson exam day.
The Teaching Rubric will be used to grade each teaching presentation. Students are to self-evaluate their teaching by recording themselves by phone, computer, flip camera, etc. Watch the video, fill out the rubric, and give yourself a grade and comments.
Lesson plans will be evaluated separately.
Assignments are not accepted late.
Students participate daily in group activities designed for secondary class instruction. Activities are cumulative in organization, building on previously learned concepts. Therefore, attendance is crucial to personal development. Students may miss class three times without a final grade reduction. Each absence that exceeds the allotted three reduces the final grade ten points (one letter grade). Nonparticipation in class equals one absence for each occurrence. Class participation includes all classroom activities (movement, rhythmic, melodic, singing, presentations, discussions, etc.). Attendance on the final exam date is required for the final project. Missing the final exam results in no credit earned for the final project in addition to counting as an absence.
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with the professor as soon as possible.
Federal privacy law prohibits the instructor from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student. Thus, in almost all cases the professor will not discuss students’ academic progress or other matters with their parents. Please do not have them call. Regardless of these important legal considerations, the professors’ general policy is to communicate with the students, not their parents, even when a student has signed a consent form. College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.
Academic dishonesty including plagiarism and giving or receiving unauthorized assistance is prohibited. Plagiarism is (1) the use of source material of other persons (either published or unpublished, including the Internet) without following the accepted techniques of giving credit or (2) the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given. If a student in the class plagiarizes material, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. The Student Honor Creed developed and adopted by the MSU Student Government reinforces the discouragement of plagiarism and other unethical behaviors. The first statement of the creed reads, “As an MSU student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so.” Plagiarism is lying, cheating, and stealing.
Social justice is one of Midwestern State University’s stated core values, and the professor considers the classroom a place where students are treated with respect as human beings, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Moreover, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided the students can agree to disagree. The professor’s expectation is that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.